Allowing users to add publishing pages

I have a subsite that I wanted to give over to our Documentation group to maintain. It is a publishing site with a custom page layout. I tested the security with a test user account. I gave the test account full control access to the subsite. When signed in as the test user, I could see the Site Actions button, see pages, security, etc. But when I would try to add a page, I got an Access Denied error. I tried it on a different subsite to just see if there was something wrong with that particular site, and I still got the error. After digging and poking around the web, I found a reference to give the user read access to the Master Page gallery. I gave the test user read access to the master page library and then signed back in and voila, it works!

Sometimes SharePoint just doesn’t make sense, with all the hoops you have to jump in to do seemingly simple things. Like add reusable content lists to a page layout. All i want to do is just add the references to two reusable content lists directly into a page layout so they are there when i make my pages. Apparently, to do this requires custom programming, still waiting on the estimate. In the old days, I’d simply add a library item into a Dreamweaver template and call it a day. Bah.